Political Reform

  • A Dutch Election Campaign in Splendid Isolation
    Louise van Schaik, Anne Bakker
    March 09, 2017

    The Netherlands’ upcoming vote could have important implications for subsequent contests elsewhere in Europe, yet Dutch political debates seem detached from the rest of the continent.

  • Don’t Write Off the EU

    Judy DempseyTuesday, February 28, 2017

      The success of populist movements across Europe is not inevitable, despite Britain’s vote to leave the EU and the election of U.S. President Donald Trump.

    • A Dutch Election in a European Storm

      Caroline de GruyterThursday, February 23, 2017

        Geert Wilders, leader of the far-right Party for Freedom, is unlikely to win the Netherlands’ upcoming election. But that won’t stop him from influencing government policies.

      • Judy Asks: Can the Minsk Agreement Succeed?

        Judy DempseyWednesday, February 22, 2017

          A selection of experts answer a new question from Judy Dempsey on the foreign and security policy challenges shaping Europe’s role in the world.

        • Brexit, a Game of Deal or No Deal

          Peter KellnerMonday, February 06, 2017

            One of the trickiest questions in the UK’s impending negotiations to leave the EU is whether London will be expected to pay a penalty for quitting the bloc.

          • Turkey’s Gift From God

            Marc PieriniMonday, January 30, 2017

            Extreme tensions created by the July 2016 failed coup were decisive in hastening a debate on a draft new constitution in Turkey. If approved, the country will effectively adopt a one-man-rule system.

          • Goodbye Obama, Goodbye Britain

            Judy DempseyThursday, January 19, 2017

              Europe faces a fractured transatlantic relationship as Donald Trump enters office as U.S. president and Britain prepares to leave the European Union.

            • Britain’s Diplomatic Discord

              Peter KellnerMonday, January 09, 2017

                The complexity of the looming Brexit negotiations is more troubling than the recent resignation of the UK’s EU ambassador.

              • Opposing Populism From the Left

                Yannos PapantoniouTuesday, December 13, 2016

                  Europe’s Left has a chance to resurge from its current dire position and contribute to the fight against nationalism and populism.

                • Judy Asks: Can Renzi Salvage Italy?

                  Judy DempseyWednesday, November 30, 2016

                    A selection of experts answer a new question from Judy Dempsey on the foreign and security policy challenges shaping Europe’s role in the world.

                  • The Necessity of France

                    Judy DempseyTuesday, November 29, 2016

                      The longer the French government postpones economic reforms, the weaker Europe will become.

                    • Ukraine’s Visa Liberalization Saga

                      Gwendolyn SasseMonday, November 28, 2016

                        Visa-free access to EU countries is a major attraction for Ukrainians. But delays in the process risk eroding the much-needed support of pro-EU movements in Ukraine.

                      • A Step Toward Greater Transparency in Ukraine

                        Gwendolyn SasseMonday, October 31, 2016

                          A new database detailing the private assets of state officials, although imperfect, is a major step change in Ukrainian politics.

                        • No True Democracy in Turkey Without Peace

                          Roy KaradagThursday, October 27, 2016

                            Turkey has the potential to adopt a sustainable political model if the government decides to share political power in a credible manner.

                          • Eastern Europe’s Superfluous Men

                            Thomas de WaalMonday, October 24, 2016

                            Antipopulist liberals in Georgia and other Eastern European countries have lost voters’ support. They need the wheel of history to turn again to realize their potential.

                          • Ukraine’s Omnipresent Oligarchs

                            Wojciech KonończukThursday, October 13, 2016

                            Neither the Euromaidan revolution nor reform efforts have succeeded in undermining Ukraine’s oligarchic system, which still shapes the country’s politics.

                          • People Power vs. (Corrupt) Official Power

                            Judy DempseyTuesday, October 11, 2016

                              With sufficient numbers, individuals and civil society movements can bring about change and dismantle corrupt institutions—but it demands huge courage.

                            • Local Change in the Making in Ukraine

                              Gwendolyn SasseMonday, October 03, 2016

                                Across Ukraine, there are plenty of examples of local dynamism that contrast vividly with the country’s stalled reform efforts at the national level.

                              • The Ebbing of Democracy in the Western Balkans

                                Judy DempseyThursday, September 22, 2016

                                  Only a major shift by the EU and international donors will salvage the Western Balkans from rampant corruption, growing authoritarianism, and instability.

                                • Europe’s New Narrative in Bratislava

                                  Judy DempseyFriday, September 16, 2016

                                    After Britain’s vote to leave the bloc, the European Union is changing its narrative to emphasize migration, terrorism, and globalization.

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